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A peep into the blue coat school !!!!!!!!!!!-

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    • A peep into the blue coat school !!!!!!!!!!!-
  • Description

    Plate from the 'Scourge', xii. 161. Scene in a bare schoolroom, with a map, &c., on the wall. A pig in military uniform, wearing a plumed cocked hat and a ribbon (incorrectly coloured blue), stands on its hind-legs, its fore-feet resting against a wall, to be birched by three Christ's Hospital boys, in their long blue gowns and yellow stockings. From his pocket hangs a purse labelled 'Secret Service Money'. At his feet lie his sword and a document: 'Bill to promote Floging in the Army . . . [C]oote.' Against this lies: 'An Ode to the Birch Tree by T Tickletoby Esqr'. He says: "I have had enough, you hurt me." The boy who is flogging says: "I'll give him Eighteen penny worth he may depend, I'll make him sing out." Another boy: "Flog away bob, you have not had two shillings worth yet!" On a form in the foreground lies a book: 'Histy of Birds & Beasts—The Coote', indicating that the pig is Sir Eyre Coote. A plainly dressed woman stands in the doorway with Sir W. Curtis (dressed as in No. 11353), and the Lord Mayor (Wood) in his gown. She says: "There's the curious beast!" Curtis: "Shocking! Shocking! you shall hear of this Sir - - Speedy & soon [see No. 11306]." Wood: "Is it possible!!"
    1 September 1816.
    Hand-coloured etching


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    • 1816
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 345 millimetres
    • Width: 353 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        Lettered with title, text within image and publication line 'Pubd by J Johston Cheapside Septr 1st 1816.'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
    General Sir Eyre Coote, K.B. (1762-?1824, nephew and heir of Sir Eyre Coote, 1726-83), M.P. for Barnstaple, who had suffered from the climate of the W. Indies, was eccentric to the point of insanity. He was tried at the Mansion House on 25 Nov. 1815 on a charge of indecent behaviour. Though the charge was dismissed, the affair was referred to three generals, who reported that his conduct had been unworthy of an officer and gentleman, and he was cashiered. See 'A Plain Statement of Facts relating to Sir Eyre Coote . . .', 1816.
    Reid, No. 598. Cohn, No. 732.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 12832 bibliographic details
    • Reid 1871 598 bibliographic details
    • Cohn 1924 732 bibliographic details
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    Not on display (British XIXc Unmounted Roy)

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1 September 1816.  Hand-coloured etching


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1 September 1816. Hand-coloured etching

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